Tuesday 11th September 2018

If you are a close friend or a family member of a service or ex-service person and worried about their psychological wellbeing, the Helping Armed forces Loved Ones (HALO) survey is now open online for you to complete (10 minutes).

Participants will also have the option to be entered into a prize draw for Amazon vouchers as a token of appreciation (top prize £50 voucher).

What the survey is about

The HALO Survey is part of a bigger HALO Study designed to increase access to mental health services among armed forces people who are in need. The HALO approach is a new way of doing this as we work with the concerned friends and family members. This survey is a first step to better understand what we can do to provide appropriate services that meet the needs of armed forces families.

It is being run by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research at King’s College London and Help for Heroes.
The team is comparing two different programmes for the friends and family of service personnel and veterans who are struggling with their mental health. Family members or friends will learn how to better understand their loved one’s challenges, how to communicate more effectively and ways to encourage them to seek treatment.

Will my taking part be kept confidential?

Yes, all of your information will be kept strictly confidential. The UK Data Protection Act 2018 will apply to all of the information gathered as part of this research. Data will be stored securely and will only be accessible by the research team at the King’s Centre for Military Health Research. King’s College will not share your personal information with anyone outside of the research team. They will never release data which contains information which would identify you. They will also not pass your contact details on to third parties.

When the results of this research are made public, your personal responses will not be reported. Instead, they will group your data with other peoples’ and only report these numbers. If we include quotes from you in the published material, we will use a pseudonym (a false first name) that cannot be linked back to you. After King’s College have published the results, your records will be anonymised, encrypted and held securely for 20 years.

Further questions can be addressed to [email protected] or telephone them on +44 20 7848 5214.

King’s College has also launched it’s official HALO Facebook and Twitter pages. If you haven’t done so already, feel free to follow them to keep up to date with the study.



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